Fiji Time: 11:47 AM on Friday 26 May

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / Sport

Leapai secures Klitschko fight

Afp
Wednesday, February 05, 2014

BERLIN - Australian heavyweight Alex Leapai will have a shot at a historic world title fight, with Ukrainian champion Wladimir Klitschko announcing he will defend his WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight titles against the underdog challenger.

Klitschko's management company says the bout, which will take place at Oberhausen in Germany on April 26, will be the Ukrainian fighter's 25th world championship fight.

The 183cm Leapai defeated the previously unbeaten Denis Boytsov in November to become the WBO's mandatory challenger.

The 34-year-old, who was born in Samoa, has a 30-4-3 record with 24 knockouts since turning professional in 2004.

"I'll beat Wladimir and it won't even be my toughest fight," Leapai said.

"Everyone talks to me about Wladimir's 61 victories and how great he is, but all I'm thinking about are his three defeats against opponents who can't strike as hard as I can," said Leapai in a statement.

The 37-year-old Klitschko, who comfortably defeated Russian Alexander Povetkin in Moscow in October, is 61-3 with 52 KOs.

"I am wary, but I will prepare myself as well as I can and I'm looking forward to a great challenge," said Klitschko, who will turn 38 in March.

Klitschko's older brother Vitali, the former WBC champion, has stepped back from boxing to concentrate on politics in their native Ukraine.








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.65410.6351
JPY 54.851651.8516
GBP 0.37340.3654
EUR 0.43260.4206
NZD 0.69690.6639
AUD 0.65350.6285
USD 0.48690.4699

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 26th, May, 2017

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Heated debate
  2. Contracts clarified
  3. 'Hidden jewels of Fiji' discovery
  4. $202m for miller
  5. Rabuka condemns barbaric attack
  6. SODELPA tries to break racial barrier
  7. 'We have been after these funds for years'
  8. $15m tax evasion
  9. Rapist and murderer faces 30 years imprisonment
  10. Amber lights at walkers' crossing

Top Stories this Week

  1. A-G sounds warning Sunday (21 May)
  2. Man wants house back Wednesday (24 May)
  3. Qoro on Pleass board Monday (22 May)
  4. Work cut out Monday (22 May)
  5. 'Past politicians' did not fix roads Saturday (20 May)
  6. Henry's debt to mum Wednesday (24 May)
  7. Toorak youths distraught over lost jerseys Tuesday (23 May)
  8. Mystery chests, villagers warned Wednesday (24 May)
  9. Pillar of strength Wednesday (24 May)
  10. Thank you midwives Monday (22 May)